Beekeeping and Pesticides

I’ve been reading a lot about this issue, and it’s complicated, and yes of course controversial.   I’ve found that unfortunately this act has very little chance of passing.  BUT, I believe it’s important that we as beekeepers (and food eaters) let our representatives know that we care about our pollinators and an uncontaminated food supply and that there are other voices out here that don’t agree with the current state of our agriculture and the overuse of pesticides.  So, here’s my article.

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BT for comb storage

Last night I mentioned that I am using the bacteria BT – Bacillus Thuringiensis – to treat my clean extracted honey comb for storage to protect it from wax moth damage –  Specifically Bt aizawai – because there are different types of Bt – other types can be used for mosquito control or other purposes.  Bt aizawai is only effective against the larva of lepidoptera – moths and butterflies – which means that it can not only be used for wax moths, but also cabbage worms, corn ear worms, bag worms, army worms, cut worms, etc.  So it is useful for more than just bee keeping. BT used alone can be considered a certified organic practice.

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